Ceredigion County Council has become one of the first Councils in Wales to adopt a policy to tackle modern slavery. The Anti-Slavery Policy was approved in a Full Council meeting on 7 December.
It was also decided an Annual Statement that states whether slavery and human trafficking is taking place in the County Council's supply chain will be published. Following the adoption of the policy, Councillor Lyndon Lloyd MBE was appointed as the Anti-Slavery and Ethical Employment Champion.
The newly appointed Anti-Slavery and Ethical Employment Champion, Councillor Lyndon Lloyd MBE said, “Modern slavery is a terrible crime where criminals prey upon vulnerable people including children, with victims from the UK and abroad. By adopting the Anti-Slavery Policy, the Council has set out its commitments to tackle modern slavery and to provide support for potential victims.”
Modern Slavery involves the movement, coercion and exploitation of vulnerable adults and children. Types of exploitation include labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, domestic servitude and organ harvesting. In 2016, there were 123 potential victims of modern slavery reported in Wales. 17% of those reported were children. It is estimated that there could be 10,000 to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.